It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: An Ode to Awards Season

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: An Ode to Awards Season

Delia Duggan

As February comes to a close, so does the best season of the year: awards season. If you don’t know much about the respective “biggest nights in Hollywood,” here’s a quick intro. Over the course of four months, many of the biggest awards shows happen, among them the Grammys and the Oscars, the highest awards in music and cinema respectively. Other shows occurring during this time span include the People’s Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, and the SAG awards. These events throw A-List stars into the forefront of our screens almost constantly for four months. I do not consider myself an expert fashionista or film or music critic in any way, but I’m still here to tell you my thoughts on this four month stretch.

 

FILM

 

The biggest winners of the film industry were Joaquin Phoenix and Parasite. Joaquin Phoenix was a shoe-in. People have been praising his portrayal of the titular character in Joker since it was released. On the other hand, I was both surprised and delighted at all of the success that Parasite has found this year. It was one of the best films I have seen all year, save Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, but more on that later. Seeing this South Korean film (only accessible to English speakers through subtitles) win the biggest film award of the year emphasizes how the voting body is beginning to open their eyes to new styles of film (enough with Quentin Tarantino already!!!!). Out of the Best Picture nominees, I considered Parasite a longshot; no film in a foreign language has ever won Best Picture, but this film deserved the award. I hope that award shows continue to move in this direction in the coming years.

The biggest snub of the film awards was just one film: Little Women. This adaptation of the iconic book by Louisa May Alcott deserved every award. Every. Award. Despite being nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Original Score, Costume Design, and Best Adapted Screenplay, Little Women only won for Costume Design. This was the best film I have seen in years. I saw it three times in theaters! Greta Gerwig deserves an Oscar. This woman creates cinematic masterpiece after cinematic masterpiece (Lady Bird, anyone?). IT’S HIGH TIME SHE GET THE RESPECT SHE DESERVES! Not only that, but now Saoirse Ronan is a 4-time Oscar loser. Ronan’s portrayal of protagonist Jo March was one of the most moving performances of the year, made only better alongside fellow nominee Florence Pugh who played sister Amy. Not only did it stay true to the original text, but the creative choices that Gerwig made only enhanced the story and increased its relevance in today’s society. I think the Academy was hesitant to award this film because a Little Women movie has already been made. Several times. Alas, Gerwig went home winless. On the bright side, I am definitely looking forward to her upcoming Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie. But enough about film! Let’s talk music.

 

MUSIC

 

At the Grammys this year, Billie Eilish took home all four big awards: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. Eilish is anything but new: her debut single, “Ocean Eyes,” dropped in 2016, followed by her debut EP, Don’t Smile At Me, in 2017. I am not doubting her success at all, just wondering how she can be considered “new,” when she has been around for 4 years, a time period in which many other mainstream artists release two full-length studio albums. 

Furthermore, Eilish winning so many awards meant that few others could win. Among those who walked home winless was front-runner Ariana Grande. Despite five nominations, Grande left empty-handed. Grande was used in almost every advertisement put out by the Grammys and even performed a medley of her hits from the past year. The Grammys used her as a recognizable face who could draw in viewers, a cruel fate. When someone puts their heart and soul into a body of work, it is an honor to be recognized, but horribly disrespectful when that recognition is just for the awards show to draw viewers. 

Another notable snub is fan favorite Lana Del Rey. Her album was nominated for album of the year. Despite being called “the most influential artist” by the reigning figure of pop music, Taylor Swift, Del Rey has yet to win a Grammy. How can a Grammy be considered the highest award in music if they aren’t even giving them to the people who influence music the most? The Grammys have a long way to go before they stop giving awards to people they want to win and instead award them to people who actually deserve them.

As we let the results of this awards season sink in and relish the wonderful red carpet looks we got out of them, let’s hope that the people in charge continue to make positive changes in the music and film industry. Until next awards season, the curtain is closed!